Kerry Gaffe on Syria Takes on Life of its Own

by Jasmin Ramsey You’re no doubt aware by now of a proposal by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for Syria to hand over its (still only accidentally acknowledged) chemical weapons to international control, which his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem said Syria “welcomes”. Syrian… Continue Reading  

Obama Increasingly Isolated on Syria Military Action

by Jim Lobe via IPS News With a week of intense lobbying behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama looks increasingly beleaguered – both at home and abroad – in his effort to rally support for a military strike against Syria… Continue Reading  

Syria Has Become Iran’s Vietnam – Let’s Help It Escape

by Mark Fitzpatrick via IPS News As if the Iran nuclear issue was not already difficult enough, it became even more complicated when Bashar al-Assad unleashed his chemical weapons across Damascus suburbs last month. Suddenly, the Syria issue is overshadowing… Continue Reading  

US Credibility Requires More than Enforcing Red Lines on Syria

by Robert E. Hunter “…my credibility is not on the line. The international community’s credibility is on the line.” — President Barack Obama, Stockholm, September 4, 2013 President Obama and other US supporters of attacking Syria in response to its… Continue Reading  

Syria Crisis Yet to Derail Iran Nuclear Talks

by Jasmin Ramsey via IPS News Even with potential U.S. strikes against Iranian ally Syria looming, Washington and Tehran appear to be preparing for the resumption of nuclear talks. U.S. foreign policy analysts have been bustling since the Aug. 4… Continue Reading